WATCH: WR Deebo Samuel delivering impressive catches early in 49ers camp
Deebo Samuel missed the early part of the offseason dealing with a hip issue. But a glimpse at some highlights from the San Francisco 49ers training camp reveals the former South Carolina great is rounding into form.
Samuel, a second-round pick for the 49ers, has made a series of acrobatic catches to draw vocal reaction from teammates and others on the sideline.
Reports from the Bay Area, including from SF Gate, suggest Samuel is in line to have a prominent role in the passing game for San Francisco. The 5-foot-11 and 214-pound rookie is more suited for running after the catch. In his senior season at South Carolina, he caught 62 passes for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns. That came after he suffered a broken foot that cut short his junior season in 2017.
“Not only can he run but he’s a very physical player,” coach Kyle Shanahan told SF Gate. “He’s got some size to him. He’s not the tallest guy in the world, I think he’s six-foot, but he plays big. He’s built big. He’s a lot thicker than our other guys. He plays physical. He’s got a mentality where you throw him a screen, and he can make you miss, but he also wants to run you over, too.”
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